• In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey cleans a plugged-up aerator to keep a bath faucet flowing.

    1. Unscrew the existing aerator from the faucet spout.
    If it's too tight to remove by hand, use an adjustable wrench or pliers.
    2 Cover the sink's drain hole with a rag, then turn on the water to flush out the faucet spout.
    3 Carefully thread a new aerator onto the faucet spout; tighten it by hand only.
    • Difficulty: Easy
      this is one of the simplest of all plumbing repairs

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